(Yicai Global) Nov. 21 -- Xiaomi founder Lei Jun said the Chinese tech firm's fifth-generation future smart plant in Beijing is nearing completion and will go into operation at the end of next month.
The plant is an experimental factory for researching, developing and producing Xiaomi's flagship handsets, Shanghai Securities News reported, citing Lei, who made the announcement at the first World 5G Convention in Beijing today.
The plant will use large automated production lines, 5G-enabled robots, Big Data, cloud-computing services and other technologies. This will ensure a very high level of production efficiency, nearly 60 percent more than conventional factories, Lei said.
Its first-phase production capacity will reach 1 million smartphones, enabling the manufacture of about 60 intelligent smartphones per minute.
The entire internet sector is heading into the next generation of super Internet of Things consisting of 5G, artificial intelligence and IoT, Lei said, adding that the mobile phone industry is ready for the arrival of 5G, and Xiaomi will promote 5G phones and spare no effort in boosting relevant research and development.
The Beijing-based company will debut its Redmi K30, which is the first 5G phone that supports both standalone and non-standalone modes, next month. It will launch at least 10 types of 5G handsets in 2020.
Lei believes that 5G will not only bring big opportunities for smartphones but, more importantly, it will achieve smart or intelligent connections in all things. Xiaomi has been laying out IoT devices since 2014 and has invested in 270 companies so far, creating a complete intelligent IoT ecosystem.
IoT means 'connecting all things over a network', and it is an extended and expanded network based on the internet, which links all types of information sensing equipment with the internet. It can achieve interconnection among people, machines and devices anytime and anywhere.
The World 5G Convention 2019, which kicked off at the Beijing Etrong International Exhibition and Convention Center yesterday, will run through Nov. 23.